Live Laugh Love For The Season - Chickens

Materials

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics, for all three: Antique Gold, Buttermilk, Deep Burgundy, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Raw Sienna, Warm White
  • Country Chicks: Antique Rose, Blue Haze Light, Country Red, Hauser Light Green, Rookwood Red, Terra Coral, Uniform Blue, Yellow Ochre
  • Brushes: Royal & Langnickel: Royal Soft-Grip Gold Taklon: Shader, Series SG150, #4, #6, #10; Angular, Series SG160, 1/4", 1/2"; Liner, Series SG595, #0; Script Liner, Series SG585, #20/0; White Bristle Stencil Brush, Series R1112, 1/4", 3/8"
  • Wood sign (5"x10") available through Betty Bowers
  • DecoArt Americana: Gel Stains in choice of color; Acrylic Sealer/Finisher, Matte
  • Black craft wire, 19-gauge
  • Fabric scrap or raffia

Tools

  • Drill & drill bit

Directions

Preparation

  • 1. Drill two 1/16" holes through top of sign, 2" from side edges. Sand surface and wipe dust. Base top of signs Lamp Black. When dry, sand lightly and wipe dust.
  • 2. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines onto each sign. Undercoat all elements Buttermilk. (Transfer details as needed.)

Left Red Chicken

  • 1. Base Antique Rose; shade Rookwood Red and highlight Terra Coral. Paint feather tuft Terra Coral; lightly highlight Warm White. Base beak Antique Gold; shade Raw Sienna and highlight Buttermilk. Add Lamp Black nostril lines. Base waddle Deep Burgundy; add Warm White highlight line. Randomly dot body and cheeks Rookwood Red. Paint Lamp Black eyes and eyelashes; add Warm White highlight dots.

Middle Yellow Chicken

  • 1. Base Antique Gold; shade Raw Sienna and highlight Buttermilk. Wash some Raw Sienna feathers over chicken. Add Raw Sienna feather curls on top of head; lightly highlight Yellow Ochre. Base beak Yellow Ochre; shade Raw Sienna and highlight Warm White. Add Lamp Black nostril lines. Base waddle Deep Burgundy; add Warm White highlight line. Paint Lamp Black eyes and eyelashes; add Warm White highlight dots.

Right Blue Chicken

  • 1. Base Blue Haze Lt.; shade Uniform Blue and highlight Buttermilk. Add Uniform Blue feather lines. Base comb Country Red; shade Deep Burgundy and highlight Buttermilk. Base beak Antique Gold; shade Raw Sienna and highlight Buttermilk. Add Lamp Black nostril lines. Base waddle Deep Burgundy; add Warm White highlight line. Paint eyes Lamp Black; add Warm White highlight dots.

Finishing

  • 1. Paint wording Buttermilk. Add random Yellow Ochre five-petal dots; use Hauser Lt. Green to dot centers and line stems. Add Blue Haze Lt. squiggle lines along sign edges; dot Terra Coral between lines. Spatter entire sign Warm White.
  • 2. Follow manufacturer's directions to stain back and sides of sign. Apply several sealer coats. Use wire to hang sign, bending and shaping as desired. Tie fabric scrap or raffia on hanger.
by Betty Bowers

Patterns

http://dd4t7shsv7606.cloudfront.net/patterns/2988/14faeaec-e377-4597-8066-6c3af59fb02d.pdf



Live Laugh Love Chickens
Live Laugh Love Chickens